Israeli police shoot dead 3 Palestinians in al-Quds

Israeli forces have shot and killed three Palestinians in al-Quds (Jerusalem) over an alleged attack on police officers, in the latest act of violence against Palestinian people.

The shooting took place on Wednesday at the Damascus Gate, which is one of the entrances to the Old City of al-Quds.

Israeli authorities claim that the Palestinians armed with guns, knives and explosives had attacked Tel Aviv regime’s police who approached them for an identity check.

At least two Israeli policewomen were said to have sustained injuries in the incident, one of them critically.

According to later reports, one of the Israeli policewomen died at hospital.

Israeli police officers and emergency personnel inspect the bodies of two Palestinians killed following an attack at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to the Old City of al-Quds on February 3, 2016. (AFP photo)

The deadly attack on the three Palestinians came a day after Israeli military forces shot and critically wounded a 14-year-old teen during skirmishes in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions. The latest wave of tensions was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

The restrictions have enraged Palestinians, who are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers frequently storming the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

More than 170 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.

By Press TV